Microsoft changed its license activation policy for Windows 8, forcing PC manufacturers, who want to use the OEM version of the operating system security, to exceptional measures designed to stop piracy.
If in the case of Windows 7, the OEM license could share the same activation key, the situation changes dramatically with Windows 8. The new operating system requires not only a unique activation key for each PC / tablet, but requires OEM producers to insert the activation key directly in the device’s BIOS, delivering the product preinstalled with the operating system. Moreover, OEMs will get activation key directly from Microsoft, eliminating the possibility of illegal use of OEM licenses for Windows 8.
All these measures should not affect too much the end users, as long as they do not pirate Windows 8. The new security policy seeks to eliminate security breaches that allowed mass piracy of Windows 7, moving the key components of the activation process directly in the device’s hardware and using the unique activation key, easy to find and block those who use the OS illegally.
Paradoxically, the secure activation system and the not very positive criticism brought to the newest Microsoft operating system may contribute to increased piracy for Windows 7, by the new owners of PCs with Windows 8 and dissatisfied with the quality. While Microsoft relies on stopping mass piracy of Windows 8, in fact the more rigid system activation could cause a significant number of users running Windows 7, eliminating the possibility that even some of those who pirate Windows 8 and decide to purchase a paid version, after exceeding the period of adjustment with the new Windows interface.
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